For years we’ve been watching the progress of the Kent Fuller streamliner project. Earlier this month, the D/Fuel Streamliner made its first two full passes at the SCTA season opener at El Mirage. Nicknamed “Smoke-n-Mirrors,” the car features a monocoque design, French-block flathead V8 and all-steel body.
On its first passes, owner and driver Gregory Fuller—Kent’s 16-year-old grandson—successfully completed his 125mph SCTA licensing runs. “The streamliner ran straight and true with no problems,” Don Tubbs, the team’s technical director, says. “Kent’s design and construction functioned flawlessly.”
For the Fuller team, this is only the beginning. With Bonneville Speed Week fast approaching, they’re taking the summer to improve the car’s driveline and braking systems. In time, they hope to change powerplants and ultimately push the streamliner past the 300mph mark.
So why Smoke-n-Mirrors? From his unique chassis designs of the ’60s to his latest Bonneville project, Kent Fuller has always been an innovator. When he started building the streamliner, it featured a laydown driving position and periscope-style mirrors for driver visibility. Tubbs says this was legal per SCTA rules, but it required extensive safety testing to get approved for competition. The costs were staggering and the processes were slated to take years, so the car was outfitted with a conventional canopy. The mirrors are gone, but the name is here to stay.